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Brid­get Ri­ley is most ar­tic­u­late in writ­ing about her own and other peo­ple’s work. Un­like many art jar­gonists, she is easily un­der­stood. Of her ‘stripe paint­ings’, I like the un­du­lat­ing ones best, such as Twisted Curve in Sin­gle Re­verse ( right), which made £128,500 at Christie’s on June 21.

The cat­a­logue quoted from her con­ver­sa­tion with Is­abel Carlisle, which orig­i­nally ap­peared in the 1998 Ab­bott Hall ex­hi­bi­tion cat­a­logue. ‘In the 1970s I was led... to bands of colour stripes in which all the colours, in turn, cross over or twist around the oth­ers. I found that the ta­per­ing, or as you say “at­ten­u­ated”, ends of such twisted bands were most sen­si­tive to colour in­flec­tions of all sorts and be­gan to use them in curve struc­tures which in­ten­si­fied the ef­fect of the dis­em­bod­ied colours. The rise and fall of these curves had to be pre­cisely cal­cu­lated for each group of paint­ings, and so I had to make tem­plates as I needed them… I or­gan­ised this fluc­tu­at­ing ac­tiv­ity by bunch­ing it up in clus­ters which em­pha­sise one shift or another.’

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